Every summer, working parents juggle schedules and adjust budgets as they try to find fun, interesting activities for school aged children. Each suburban park district has brochures and websites full of summer camps, but only one (that I have found) offers both scheduling flexibility and fun for a very reasonable price for both in and out of district residents. “Blade Adventure Camp” at IceLand Ice Arena (8435 Ballard, Niles 847-297-8010) is great for ice skaters of all abilities ages 7 to 13.
The camp starts June 13 continuing through August 12; 9:00am to 4:00pm. Participants are on the ice every day, receive 2 to 4 skating classes each week, swimming on Mondays and Fridays, broom ball on Fridays as well as crafts and general fun. The camp councilors are very friendly yet serious high school students, adult supervision is plentiful. All S.T.A.R. Hockey Camp substitutes hockey for figure skating. Rental equipment is available for both. What a great way to try a new sport!
Campers can register for either full or half day sessions by day or week. No session long commitment required! The Niles Park District resident’s price is $15 for a half day; $30 per day for a full day. Non-Residents fees are $19 for a half day and $38 for a full day. Both before and after care is available for an additional $10 per day.
Skaters of all abilities, figure and hockey, will enjoy this activity. Parents will appreciate the flexibility of working around other activities and family trips!